AFL Update: Nov. 17, 2016

img_0067Glendale scored in each of the first four innings en route to a 10-0 shutout of Mesa. Combined with a loss by the Saguaros, the Desert Dogs remain alive in the hunt for the AFL West title.

All three Nats position players saw game action again:

  • Andrew Stevenson led off and played left field, reaching base three times with two walks and a single, and scoring three runs. He also stole two bases.
  • Drew Ward (pictured) got the start at first base and drove in two, going 1-for-5 with a walk and two RBI.
  • Osvaldo Abreu handled shortstop on defense and singled and doubled in a 2-for-5 effort that pushed his fall average to .267.

The AFL regular season concludes today. Glendale must win and Surprise must lose for the Desert Dogs to play in Saturday’s AFL Title game.

AFL Update: Nov. 16, 2016

img_0061Glendale got on the board first for a single run in the 1st and a quintet of pitchers, led by Austin Voth, (pictured) made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Surprise.

Voth, who was named the AFL Pitcher of the week, tossed five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and three walks to win for the third time this fall.

Nick Lee was the first man out of the Desert Dogs bullpen and struck out the side on 16 pitches (10 for strikes) in the 6th.

Andrew Stevenson scored the game’s lone run after leading off with a single, taking second on a wild pitch, and scoring on an RBI single by Nick Tanielu.

Osvaldo Abreu also appeared in the game but went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

The win returns the Desert Dogs to .500 (15-15) and into 2nd place in the AFL West. Glendale visits Mesa this afternoon, then Peoria tomorrow.

AFL/Offseason Update: Nov. 12, 2016

The Desert Dogs got two-spots in the 5th and 7th innings to overcome a 2-1 deficit and beat the Scorpions, 5-2. Combined with a Peoria loss, Glendale returned to within 1½ games of the AFL West lead.

Osvaldo Abreu got the start at shortstop and batted ninth. He reached base three times with a single and two walks and stole his fourth base. Defensively, he committed his fourth error while collecting five putouts and two assists, including a double play.

Nick Lee made his eighth fall appearance and got four outs in relief, allowing one hit, no runs, no walks, and struck out one. In ten innings, he’s allowed four runs (two earned) on ten hits and nine walks while striking out eleven.

The two teams switch venues this afternoon to finish out the last full week of the 2016 AFL season.

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FREE AGENTS
On Tuesday, minor-league free agency began, which saw 20 guys become former Nationals farmhands, some for the first time:
RHP – Erik Davis, Justin DeFratus, Paolo Espino, Michael Brady, Mitch Lively, Sam Runion, Boone Whiting
LHP – Aaron Laffey
C – Brian Jeroloman, Devin Ivany, Andruth Ramirez, Adderling Ruiz
IF – Steve Lombardozzi, Jose Lozada, Jason Martinson
OF – Matt den Dekker, Kevin Keyes, Narciso Mesa, Drew Vettleson

It’s worth noting that Ivany and Ramirez were player-coaches, so their free agency may merely be a formality. As aforementioned, for a few of these guys it’s their chance to hook on elsewhere and get a second chance (or an easier path) to The Show.

WINTER LEAGUES

To me it seems like a smaller group than usual, but let’s a take a quick peek at how some of the non-AFL guys are doing:

DWL – Rafael Bautista, .276/.338/.293, 5SB, 6BB, 8RBI in 15G
DWL – Jose Marmolejos, .231/.268/.410, 1HR, 2BB, 8RBI in 13G
DWL – Raudy Read, 1-for-2 in 2G
DWL – Wander Suero, 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K in 1G
DWL – Philips Valdez, 0-0, 0SV, 0.00ERA, 1.07WHIP in 3G
MWL – Matt Skole, .237/.367/.320, 2HR, 7RBI, 24K in 27G
PWL – Neftali Soto, .442/.444/.674, HR, BB, SF, 5RBI in 10G
VWL – Aldrem Corredor, .133/.235/.133, 2SB, 2BB, in 9G
VWL – David Ramos, 1-0, 0SV, 2.45ERA, 1.23WHIP in 6G/7⅓ IP
VWL – Greg Ross, 3-1, 2.25ERA, 1.16WHIP in 7GS/32IP

AFL Update: Nov. 8, 2016

andrew-stevenson-11-8-16Glendale and Andrew Stevenson both remain red hot as the former won its fifth straight while latter got five hits in a 15-3 romp over Peoria.

Stevenson singled four times and homered once while driving in two. He scored three times while going 5-for-6 from the leadoff spot, which extended his hit streak to nine games. He did get caught stealing for the second time.

Osvaldo Abreu batted ninth and played shortstop. He struck out three times, but reached base twice with a walk and a single.

Nick Lee also appeared in the game, working around his ninth walk of the fall while striking out nos. nine and ten in a scoreless 6th inning.

The win improves the Desert Dogs to 11-12 and tightens the AFL West race to 1½ games between first and third place. Glendale visits Scottsdale this afternoon with a chance to get back to .500 for the first time since the Desert Dogs were 2-2 after four games.

AFL Update: Nov. 4, 2016

osvaldo-abreu-11-4-16It’s now a winning streak as Glendale took its third straight, 2-1 over Scottsdale, yesterday afternoon.

Austin Voth turned in a more Voth-like outing — 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K — to win for the frst time in five fall starts. He threw 65 pitches, 37 for strikes.

All three Nats position players got the start in their usual defensive positions.

Andrew Stevenson led off and went 1-for-3 with a walk and had one putout in center.

Drew Ward batted second and was hitless for the first time this fall. He combined with Voth on a 1-5 DP in the 3rd and started a 5-4-3 DP in the 6th.

Osvaldo Abreu singled twice and scored a run while batting from the No. 7 slot in the lineup. He also took park in double play (there were four total) taking a relay from left field to gun down a runner at the plate.

Jake Johansen also appeared in the game, retiring the only batter he faced to get the last out in the 7th.

The last-place Desert Dogs finish the shortened week with a trip to Peoria this afternoon to visit the first-place Javelinas.

AFL Update: Nov. 2, 2016

Glendale rallied from an early 5-0 deficit with three in the 3rd, three in the 6th, and a pair in the 9th for an 8-7 walkoff win over Scottsdale.

Andrew Stevenson and Osvaldo Abreu were both in the starting lineup while Fall Star (ugh) Ryan Brinley and Nick Lee made appearances in relief.

Stevenson played RF, where he made on putout, and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He also stole his fifth base for the Desert Dogs.

Abreu played shortstop and struck three times while going 0-for-4. He committed his third error of the fall and made six assists.

Lee let in the baserunner that got on courtesy of Abreu’s miscue in the 6th and got just one out in the 7th before giving way to Brinley with the bases loaded. Brinley rolled a double play to get out of the 7th but was touched for a run in the 8th on a walk and two hits.

The AFL West cellar-dweller Desert Dogs visit the AFL East-leading Solar Sox this afternoon. Austin Voth is scheduled to pitch tomorrow.

AFL Update: Oct. 30, 2016

andrew-stevenson-10-30-16Powered by Andrew Stevenson’s three hits and three RBI, Glendale doubled up Salt River, 6-3 for its sixth win of the season.

Stevenson, who batted second and played CF, doubled twice and singled once while scoring a run in four trips to the plate. He also stole his fourth base (pictured) and made one putout.

Drew Ward and Osvaldo Abreu were also in the starting lineup for the Desert Dogs.

Ward played 1B and extended his hit streak to 11 games with a leadoff single in the 6th. Defensively, he committed an error but made 10 putouts.

Abreu was hitless from the No. 7 slot and handled all four defensive chances in the field (three assists, one putout).

Jake Johansen set the side down in order in the 6th for a hold and his fourth straight scoreless outing.

It’s a shorter week this week with the Fall Stars game on Saturday. Rosters will likely be announced tomorrow.

AFL Update: Oct. 28, 2016

osvaldo-abreu-10-28-16Glendale rallied for three in the bottom of the 7th to take a 7-5 lead but the ‘pen gave away five unanswered runs for a 10-7 loss to Mesa.

Two position players and two relievers saw game action:

  • Drew Ward batted second and played 3B, going 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI.
  • Osvaldo Abreu (pictured) singled twice and struck out twice in four AB’s, scoring once. He batted seventh and played SS.
  • Nick Lee was knocked around for two runs on four hits and a walk over an inning and a 1/3rd and was charged with a blown save.
  • Ryan Brinley’s streak of perfection ended at 17 batters as he was lit up for three runs (two earned) on four hits in the 9th after getting the final two batters of the 8th. He was charged with the loss.

The Desert Dogs stay at home this afternoon to host the Rafters. Austin Voth is slated to start for Glendale.

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UPDATE: District on Deck has a season review of the Hagerstown Suns, featuring an interview with manager Patrick Anderson. Check it out.

AFL Update: Oct. 27, 2016

osvaldo-abreu-10-27-16The Desert Dogs scored three times in the 9th to break open a two-run game as they won for just the fifth time this fall, 6-1 over the Rafters.

Osvaldo Abreu was the sole National to appear in the game. At the plate, he was 1-for-4 with a single (pictured) and an RBI. In the field, he had just two assists but no errors.

Glendale returns home to host Mesa this afternoon.

AFL Update: Oct. 23, 2016

drew-ward-afl-10-22-16The Desert Dogs rallied from 7-1 to take an 8-7 lead but couldn’t answer the Saguaros in a 10-8 loss on Saturday.

Austin Voth got the start but was lit up for seven runs on six hits (one home run) and three walks over three-plus innings. He struck out four and threw 51 pitches, 31 for strikes, excluing an errant pickoff throw for an error.

Nick Lee also made an appearance, pitching a 1-2-3 eighth on 14 pitches (eight for strikes).

All three Washington position players appeared in the game:

  • Osvaldo Abreu batted second, played short, and went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and two strikeouts
  • Drew Ward (pictured) batted third, played 3B, and was 3-for-5 with an an RBI and a run scored
  • Andrew Stevenson batted fifth, played LF, reached base twice with a single and a walk, and scored a run

Glendale remains on the road with a night game tomorrow in Scottsdale.